Chinese Money Plant
4.6 out of 5 (602 experiences)
About Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese money plant was shared through cuttings and grown as a houseplant for 20 years before it was known or studied by British botanists! Pilea peperomioides was first collected in 1906 in the Tsangshan mountain range, which rises to almost 14,000 feet altitude just west of the ancient city of Dali in western Yunnan, China. ⛰
Later, while hardly known to Western scientific communities, the species was grown in thousands of private European homes as off-shoots passed from one person to another. 🤝
Also known as
pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse plant, missionary plant, bender plant and mirror grass
How to care for Chinese Money Plant
Chinese Money Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
December 9th, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Colorado Springs is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is ke…
December 8th, 2021
Colorado Springs is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Colorado Springs is expected to decrease by 22.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.1 megajoules of …
December 5th, 2021
This month, Colorado Springs is getting an average of 10.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours …
Chinese Money Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Colorado Springs, Colorado ⛅.
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Money Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
December 3rd, 2021
The growing potential in Colorado Springs is low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
What other plant parents say
I love the pancake leaves of this pilea!! I bought one from a nursery this summer, and quickly realized it was actually 2 plants. I split them into different pots and put both in some really sunny spots of my home. Now I’m losing count of the pilea babies I have, and I can’t give them away fast enough—both plants are filling in beautifully and sprouting 3-7 babies a month. I’m not even providing extra fertilizer!!